Much better sound quality than the previous AUD, but as CM says it's hissy. It also sounds somewhat overly compressed, which may be the result of an attempt to get the vocals down on the same plane as the instruments, level-wise (the usual complaint I have with SBDs is that you want to hear the instruments so you turn up the volume and then get blasted by the band's indifferent to terrible vocals). A good idea if that's the case, but the result is a little crowded.
Reviewer:Dave B 1986
January 21, 2013 Subject:
Birdsong through Fire
I'll admit to whatever bias comes with having attended this show, in my earliest days as a head. True too, that the first half of set 1 and post drums is standard fare on paper. That said, lots of the versions of commonly played songs are well done and energetic. The guts of this show rocks, though. the 40 minutes of music of birdsong, music never and scarlet fire is absolutely top notch stuff - comparable with versions that make peoples favorites lists.
May 25, 2009 Subject:
Well if this is a soundboard it's the most Audience soundboard I've ever heard but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way for this show. The energy of the the crowd to band and back is that intense. The best example of what it was like to be at a dead show I've heard yet. If you are looking for rip roaring GD look no further this is it, start to finish. Thank you CM and all involved with this recording. Didn't realize CM did matrix very nice indeed.
Wow bgthebear, this was also my 2nd show and yes I too consider this a benchmark S-F.
Thanks for the clarification CM. Makes sense now I kinda like it actually although I guess it means, since they did it this way, there is not much chance of a pure soundboard version appearing.
May 25, 2009 Subject:
I didn't do this matrix, it's from the band's tapes. They were mixing a lot of audience in the board mixes for the recordings on this tour.
May 18, 2009 Subject:
Worcester Centrum Downloads
I guess this is a matrix probably from the FM broadcast of the show. As to the excess crowd noise: I had a soundboard from an '85 centrum show and the crowd noise is just as loud.
I think the boys liked to play here and the crowd was always jacked up. I was at this show, my second, and it was and still is in the top 3 for me. I only made it to 49 shows after this, but I always matched up the scarlet/fire to this one....this one always wins!
I'm giving the recording a 3 because there is quite a bit of hiss. The Joe D'Amico recording is very good.